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Mobility in the Russian, Central and East European Past

Edited By

Róisín Healy

ISBN 9781138354524
Published March 19, 2019 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

The "new mobilities paradigm" which emerged at the beginning of the twenty-first century has identified mobility as a process intrinsic to the human experience and fundamental to the formation of social and political structures. This volume breaks new ground by demonstrating the role of the journey as a key motor of human development in Russia, central and east Europe in the modern period. It does so by means of twelve case studies that examine different types of movement, both voluntary and involuntary, temporary and permanent, short- and long-distance, into, out of, and around the region.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Notes on Contributors



  1. From travel to mobility: Perspectives on Journeys in the Russian, Central and East European Past

  2. Róisín Healy

    Section One: Journeys Into and Around Russia

  3. The Threshold of Siberia: Tracing Migrants’ Journeys in Perm Province during the Long Nineteenth Century

  4. Jonathan Rowson

  5. Travel to Siberian Exile, 1905-1917

  6. Sarah Badcock

  7. Alone in the Steppes: Carla Serena in the Peripheries of the Russian Empire

  8. Daniele Artoni

  9. The Cold War Gaze before and after 1991: Reflections on Selected Travellers’ Accounts of the Soviet Union and Russia since 1956

  10. Christopher Read

    Section Two: Journeys Out Of Russia

  11. Escaping Russian Serfdom: Peasant Flight to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Eighteenth Century

  12. Andrey Gornostaev

  13. Conquest Journeys and their Legacies: Aleksandr Suvorov in Russia and Transnistria

  14. Ángel Luis Torres Adán

  15. A Struggle across the Iron Curtain. Soviet Dissidents in Exile in the 1970s

  16. Barbara Martin

  17. Okno v prostor: Konstantin Balmont in Japan

  18. Martina Morabito


    Section Three: Journeys by Eastern and Central Europeans

  19. Modernist Empire: Hermann Bahr’s Journey to Dalmatia

  20. Andreas Agocs

  21. Rákosi’s Travels: A Hungarian Communist’s Journey to the West

  22. Balázs Apor

  23. Exile and champion of the disabled: Dorina Ilieva-Simpson's journey from Bulgaria to Mauritius

  24. Snezhana Dimitrova

  25. Journeys as Grief Work: German Expellees and "Homesick Tourism" in Poland (1945-1989)

          Agnieszka Pufelska



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Róisín Healy is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the National University of Ireland Galway.